Friday, February 10, 2012

A Book and a Chair: An Original Poem for My Granddaughter


Many years ago, I wrote a poem titled A Book and a Chair about reading to my daughter when she was little. I’ve posted the poem at Wild Rose Reader before. Here it is once again

A BOOK AND A CHAIR

A book and chair
Are nice to share
When the edges of day
Are melting away
Into the night.

A book and a chair
Are nice to share—
Touching and talking,
Reading and rocking
Into the night.


I so enjoyed reading to my Sara when she sat on my lap on the red-cushioned rocking chair in my bedroom before I put her to sleep at night.
I think reading to young children is of the greatest import. That’s why I gave my daughters dozens of books for her baby shower last May. You can see pictures of some of those board books, poetry books, and pictures books at the following post: A Baby Shower & Everywhere Books!

Two of my favorite board books to read to Julia:
I  have so much fun reading to my granddaughter Julia Anna now.
She is six months old--and loves to chew on her books.

Here she is chewing on Jamberry:

Recently, my daughter snapped a picture of me reading to Julia before she headed off to work one morning. Julia and I were reading Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.
(Don't you love us both wearing polks dot pajamas?)
The picture inspired me to write another “A Book and a Chair” poem:

A Book and a Chair
(For Julia)
A book and a chair
Are nice to share
When dawn wakes the sun
And morning’s begun.

A book and a chair
Are nice to share
When I am with you
And the day is brand new.

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Laura Salas has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Writing the World for Kids.

6 comments:

Linda at teacherdance said...

Clearly, reading to a young child no matter the time is a marvelous thing! Both poems would make a nicely framed picture, Elaine, with the photos of course. I love the polka dots!

Tricia said...

Your granddaughter is so lucky! I hope you get lots of these mornings together. Love the poem too!

Liz Steinglass said...

Jamberry is yummy!

Jeannine Atkins said...

I love the poems and the polka dots and perfect time and Linda's idea for poem and picture framed together. Days like this make all the difference.

Linda said...

I love the polka dot pjs and your wonderful poems! Isn't being a grandma the best? I also really enjoy watching my son being a daddy.

laurasalas said...

These are just lovely. Wouldn't they be great bookends for a book about reading or books?

Love those PJs!

Feel better soon, Elaine!